Date: 26th January 2006 at 1:11pm
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Alan Curbishley has already seen one F.A. Cup shock this season as he was in the stands for Orient’s 2-1 win at Fulham in the previous round. Curbishley actually phoned Martin Ling after the game to offer his congratulations and told Ling that he hoped not to draw Orient in the next round. Well, perhaps someone is a bit scared then?

With an estimated 6,000 O’s fans making the trip to The Valley, Curbishley has called on Charlton fans not to make the same mistake as their Fulham counterparts. Curbishley is almost convinced that the phenomenal support that Orient took to the the Cottage played a large part in the biggest cup upset of the third round.

?I saw at first hand the passionate atmosphere the Orient fans generated at Fulham’, Curbishley commented ahead of the 4th round tie. Curbishley added that,’It was far from just a day out for them. They felt that they had a genuine chance to win and that came across from the terraces?. With the lack of Fulham supporters at the game, Curbishley is hoping his fans don’t make the same mistake. Looking back on the game at the Cottage, Curbishley said, ‘I thought there was a little bit of apathy from the Fulham fans, that perhaps they were treating the match as just another game, and that enabled the Orient supporters to turn the atmosphere in their favour’.

Curbishley has suffered a fair amount of cup upsets in his time with Charlton and will be hoping to avoid another catastrophic episode. With this in mind, Curbishley underlined the fact that his side will not be taking Orient lightly. ?Chris Coleman accused his Fulham side of taking Orient for granted in the last round – but I can assure our fans that will not be the case with us. We cannot – we are not that good,’ the Charlton boss said.

Despite his rallying call, there are still around 8,000 tickets unsold for the game. It is doubtful whether Charlton will sell out their allocation, and even if they do it’s extremely hard to imagine they’ll be able to out sing the Orient fans who have been in magnificent voice away from home this season. It should be a cracking afternoon.